Firm Updates: Construction
This new 20,000 square foot building incorporates the latest technology into a state of the art facility to provide emergency medical and surgical services which will accommodate a staff of surgeons, cardiologists, anesthesiologists, emergency care doctors and an acupuncturist. The facility includes generous reception/waiting spaces, workspaces and support space for 25 doctors and staff along with 12 exam rooms. The technical spaces include 2 surgical suites, a radiology room, a CT room, an MRI/Specialty Procedures room, a Linear Accelerator room, 2 laboratories with medical gasses as well as intensive care wards. An additional VSEC location is under construction in the Pennsport neighborhood of South Philadelphia. For more info, including a feature on the innovative Dri-Design building material used to clad the building, click the following links.
The School District of Philadelphia hosts THE LEED SILVER PLAQUE CEREMONY for the Willard Elementary School
PZS Architects worked closely with teachers and community representatives to develop this new elementary school. This school has achieved a LEED Silver certification. On Wednesday, November 23, 2011, The School District of Philadelphia (SDOP) hosted the The LEED Silver Plaque Ceremony for the Francis E. Willard Elementary School in Philadelphia. This event was held at the school’s auditorium and featured remarks from Alex Dews, LEED, AP, of the Philadelphia Mayor’s Office, Evelyn Sample Oates, SDOP Deputy Chief of Communications, and Acting Superintendent, Dr. Leroy Nunery II. Joe Healy, Chairman of the Delaware Valley Green Building Council (DVGBC) presented the LEED Plaque to Willard School Principal, Ron Riley. PZS Partner and project Principal, Michael Skolnick, AIA attended the event. The event also featured a performance by the Third Grade Willard Choir and a school tour.
The Francis E. Willard Elementary School has made the DVGBC Best of 2011 List.
This award recognizes projects that have demonstrated the highest level of modern craftsmanship—including exceptional care in detail, utilization of new or alternative materials and technologies, and/or the coordination of intricate building techniques. Turner Construction Co. is the contractor for this project. PZS Architects, In association with Robert A.M. Stern Architects, designed this world-class residential condominium tower on the prestigious Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia.
The Salvation Army KROC Center was awarded the GBCA Construction Excellence Award Honorable Mention. The Awards for Construction Excellence recognize firms that have excelled in construction projects throughout the region. PZS Architects, in association with MGA Partners, designed this 130,000 square foot regional community center. PZS focused on the public recreation amenities: an aquatic center, gymnasium, and a fitness facility with locker rooms.
PZS Architects designed a new Education and Training Center for Congreso de Latinos Unidos, which was named the 14th largest Latino organization in the nation by Hispanic Business. On Friday, September 16, Congreso de Latinos Unidos, celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony for its third building on its North American Street campus. This new building, a 57,000 square-foot, three-story space, will house Pan American Academy Charter School and Harcum College at Congreso, educational components of the agency’s cradle to career pipeline of services.
Scheduled to open in the Summer of 2012, the site will house more than 700 K-8 students through Pan American Academy Charter School, which was founded by Congreso, as well as up to 300 adult students pursuing their Associate’s Degrees through Harcum College at Congreso. The space will also host some of Congreso’s community and social support services.
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter spoke at the event and placed an emphasis on the positive impact that well-educated students has on their future abilities to compete in the workforce.
PZS Architects designed a new 116,500 SF Student Residence Hall for Saint Joseph’s University. The May 9th , Ground Breaking Ceremony marked the beginning of construction of this new, 413-bed freshmen residence hall at the corner of Cardinal and City Avenues.
The Villiger Residence Hall construction is the most comprehensive residential project on the campus since the construction of the City Avenue Apartments in 2004. Scheduled for completion by the Fall 2012 semester, the residence hall will provide an attractive housing option for first-year students. The mid-rise building will feature a tower element visible from City Avenue and include generous living, social and study spaces.
The focus is on fostering a sense of community among students. Each wing will have study lounges for individual and group learning and social activities. Additionally, on every floor between the two wings, there will be a large social lounge to provide a shared common space. The ground floor will a feature a large Fitness Center, Laundry facilities, a shared kitchen, and 2 guest rooms.
PZS Architects is providing design services for the Bakers Square retail complex which will be built in Philadelphia’s Hunting Park West neighborhood. Bakers Square is an integral component of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission’s program for the Revitalization of Hunting Park West. The Bakers Square shopping center, located at West Hunting Park Avenue & Fox Streets broke ground on March 25, 2011. Mayor Michael Nutter addressed an excited crowd Friday. Also, in attendance was State Senator, Vincent Hughes; Jeffrey Brown, Brown’s Super Stores’ President and CEO; and, of course PZS’ Principal- in-Charge on the Bakers Square project, David Polatnick, AIA (pictured on far right).
The center will consist of approximately 220,000 square feet of retail, office, educational and institutional spaces. Bakers Square is centrally located at the site of the former headquarters of the Tastykake Baking Company with excellent access to I-76, Rte. 1 & Rte. 13. It is in close proximity to Chestnut Hill, East Falls, South Germantown, Allegheny West, Tioga and Manayunk. The 30-acre center will be anchored by a ShopRite supermarket and for the first time in more than 20 years, residents from the Nicetown-Tioga area of Philadelphia will have a supermarket in the neighborhood. The project will also bring a significant number of new jobs to the area, many of which to be filled by area residents.